Christian Moerlein Brewing Company - Northern Liberties
- ABV: 6.4%
- Bottle Size: 12-oz
- Int’l Bittering Units (IBUs): 55
- Serving Temperature: 45-50º F
- Suggested Glassware: IPA Glass or Pint Glass
- Malts: 2-Row Pale, Munich, White Wheat, Carapils, Flaked Oats
- Hops: Apollo, Exp 07270, Chinook, CTZ
Pouring a copper-amber color, this IPA looks great in the glass with a generous cap of pale foam that retains and laces well. We picked up lots of resinous piney notes in the aroma, along with floral, citrus, and tropical fruit character and plenty of caramel undertones. On the palate, look for a robust backbone of bready pale and caramelized malts which does a good job of standing up to and providing structure for the firm hop bitterness. We picked up prominent citrus, pine, and earthy notes, with touches of sandalwood and tropical fruits. This medium-bodied IPA should pair nicely with spicy dishes with an herbal and fruity character, such as Thai-style pineapple fried rice with Thai basil and chiles. Cheers!
There’s a rich brewing tradition in and around Cincinnati, OH. In fact, at its peak, Cincinnati was home to at least 36 operational breweries, with many not surprisingly located in the German “Over-the-Rhine” district. One of the individuals who were key to establishing the city as a brewing hub was Christian Moerlein, a blacksmith and apprentice brewer from Bavaria who came to America in 1841 and settled in Cincinnati a year later. In 1853 he founded the Christian Moerlein (pronounced like “more-line”) Brewery, which grew to become the most well-known in the city and was ranked among the top ten nationally. Moerlein’s beer was sold across the U.S. and, quite remarkably for the era, internationally as well – which made Moerlein unique among Cincinnati’s breweries. Though the brewery carried on after Christian Moerlein’s passing in 1897, Prohibition in 1920 caused the brewery to close its doors. Luckily, though, our story continues.
Hudepohl, another of Cincinnati’s famous German-founded beer companies (dating back to 1885), brought the Christian Moerlein brand back from extinction and reintroduced their beer as a high-end offering in 1981. This put the Moerlein brand on the forefront of the U.S. beer renaissance which was just beginning to take shape. Eventually, however, the Hudepohl Brewing Company fell on hard times and was purchased by the Snyder International Brewing Group which kept the Moerlein brand going, although just barely. Production of these Ohio-centric beers shifted to Maryland until 2004, when Cincinnati area resident and beer business veteran Greg Hardman bought the Moerlein name and beer recipes in order to rebuild the brand back home in Cincinnati – which he has done with great success in the past several years we might add. For more information about the Christian Moerlein Brewing Company and their ‘Moerlein Lager House’ restaurant and brewery that opened in Riverfront Park in early 2012, check out www.moerleinlagerhouse.com.
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